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Yesterday – An exhibition at V.S.T.R Byron Bay

Posted in: Art, News, Projects, Surfboard, surfing, Wooden Surfboards & Alias by Richard Harvey on December 21, 2012

John Mantle, Rusty Miller and Richard Harvey, three directions, one passion, surfing. Through the golden era of the 60’s and 70’s, they shaped, photographed and painted to record their lifestyle through a special time. Yesterday is an exhibition celebrating their different directions. Rusty’s photography, capturing the moods of the 1960’s and 70’s in Hawaii and Australia and now his images are morphed into Turning Point, Rusty’s first book. John has been a part of the surfboard manufacturing industry world wide, working with many notable shapers and surfers and is now focusing his energies on classic Hawaiian timber surfboards and single fins. Richard has a small studio on the Gold Coast and spends his time shaping, painting and teaching the lost art of handcrafting surfboards. We are sure you will enjoy the work of these three surfers who truly lived the golden era that was Yesterday. The evening was opened by the inimitable Dave Rastovitch. 

Photo Jeff Dawson





Many thanks to Harry Henderson and the guys at V.S.T.R for their help with setting up the exhibition, much appreciated.




A Hot Curl timber surfboard

Posted in: News, Surfboard, Wooden Surfboards & Alias by Richard Harvey on

Came across this beautiful piece of Silky Oak timber early this month. It was cut and milled in North Queensland  by Don Taylor from a 100 year old tree and has been curing after that for about 30 years. Absolutely amazing grain, with the golden colour finally revealed after it was finished. The board that I shaped from this solid piece was a 7’10″ x 19″ x 2″ solid Hot Curl timber surfboard replica. It has a slight concave deck, rolled bottom running into a deep tail vee. The Hot Curl surfboard, developed around the mid 1930′s, was named because the board allowed the surfer to maneouver into the ‘curl’ of the wave.

These are the process photos.

Steve securing the valuable cargo

What Have I go myself into, only an hour and a half to go, wonder how the elbow will feel in the morning.

One side of the planshape cut.

Lots of brown dust.

Beautiful grain of the Silky Oak

Rough shaped

The finished product

 Think that it could be displayed with the off cut, still working on how.

The board is for sale and can be viewed at my studio. POA